Wednesday, November 30, 2022

Nautical Rope Basket Tray

 Coffee Table Rope Basket Tray

I’ve been wanting/needing a basket or tray on my coffee table to keep all our annoying remotes in one place.

As many others do, I started my shopping journey online at Pinterest and Etsy for inspiration and price shock! The prices weren't that bad, $25- $60 for the size I needed.

Before spending money, I decided to see if I could make something with supplies I had on hand.

Supplies for nautical rope basket tray decor


  • oval wood plaque - 7 x 9 inches - Hobby Lobby

  • nautical rope - white rope in picture - 2 packages - Dollar Tree

  • Manila rope - brown rope in the picture above - Amazon

  • wood beads - 20 mm - Amazon

  • E6000 glue

  • glue sticks and glue gun

  • Waverly Antique Wax & Ivory Chalk Paint


  1. Glued four (4) 20 mm wood beads to the bottom of the oval wood plaque to serve as feet and give the basket height.

  2. Stained beads and bottom of oval wood plaque with Waverly Antique Wax, let dry.

  3. Painted top and sides of plaque with Waverly Chalk Paint - Ivory

  4. Light distressing of top with Waverly Antique Wax

  5. Hot glued nautical rope onto the oval wood plaque

    1. I started winding from the upper lip out, then layered the rope up until I ran out.

    2. I did my best to keep the sides/wall straight, even, and smooth so the finished product wouldn't look wobbly.

    3. once I reached the end of the first rope, I cut it and the joining rope at a 45-degree angle to glue them together

    4. Two packages of the nautical rope were enough to do five rounds on the oval wood plaque.

  6. I cut two pieces of the Manila rope to use as handles. Using a combination E6000 and hot glue I adhered the handles to both sides on the lower edge of the wood. E6000 gives a more permanent hold, and the hot glue gives a faster hold. My intention was to use a staple gun, but I was out of staples. 

  7. Lastly, I wound two layers of the Manila rope around the lower edge of the wood piece also covering the handles giving more support.


Voila - finished! It took a little over an hour and a half from start to finish. I had all the supplies in my stash and based on my calculations the cost was $6.50.

Budget Friendly Nautical Rope Basket DIY Home Decor

I added in the remotes and a few wicker balls!

Budget Friendly Nautical Rope Basket Tray DIY

What do you think? Easy…. cute?  Let me know!

Until next time … Happy crafting!

1 comment :

  1. Well, well, well Karla. This turned out great. I would LOVE to have this piece collecting our remotes and coasters and other things that the littles seem to be drawn to. Like the needle and thread I have handy for sewing down a binding. Nice job! You are so talented. {{Hugs}} ~smile~ Roseanne


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